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Posted by on in On Writing

Authors who don’t read the work of P. G Wodehouse are missing out on great stuff that inspired successful authors such as Isaac Azimov. To say that Wodehouse was a literary genius is merely stating the obvious; still, in the uniformly great body of his work we find gems that are more polished than others. Take for example the opening lines of “The Luck of the Bodkins”:

“Into the face of the young man who sat on the terrace of the Hôtel Magnifique at Cannes there had crept a look of furtive shame, the shifty, hangdog look which announces that an Englishman is about to talk French.”

But Wodehouse’s genius is particularly felt in his dialogues. He had a knack for taking the absurd and turning it into an extremely funny, semi-plausible conversation, like in this snippet from “The Reverent Wooing of Archibald”:

“Tell me about her. I mean, has she any fathers or mothers or any rot of that description?”

“Only an aunt. She lives with her in Park Street. She’s potty.”

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Posted by on in Random Thoughts

It must be terrible, suddenly becoming a FIP (Formerly Important Person), and the more (formerly) important you were, the more terrible it is.

We see it happening every day when forgotten pop stars lose their minds and will do anything, including severe harm to themselves and to others, to get noticed again. The need to be quoted, photographed and listened to is apparently so compelling, that losing their lives or their freedom trying to become relevant again, seems to be a small price to pay.

Politicians are the same, only worse. Former pop stars can harm themselves and their loved ones, but politicians will harm a whole country – and the higher their former position, the greater the damage they will do, blindly, without a qualm.

It is unfortunately not uncommon for former politicians to be impeached once they leave office, for illegal acts performed during their public service. Those who are impeached or even found guilty of crimes or misconduct appear to be particularly ruthless in pursuing public attention at all costs, in an attempt to clean themselves of their tainted public image.

While pop stars may blame the world for their misfortune (including the audience that has betrayed them, their agents, various producers, music company executives, etc.), politicians will more often than not blame their successors for their FIP status, even if the successor played no role in their demise.

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Posted by on in Random Thoughts

I never really took an interest in ballet and I must admit to being quite ignorant of what it is all about. However, I am curious and always eager to learn and improve, so the other day I gladly accepted a friend’s invitation to a performance by a well-known New York-based contemporary ballet company.

I was not disappointed, because the performance indeed enriched my knowledge and taught me the six rules of contemporary ballet; those I am passing on to you:

Rule #1:-->There must be no connection whatsoever between the rhythm of the music (when such is played) and the movements of the dancers, lest the viewer be distracted by the music from gaping at the dancer’s contorting bodies (as opposed, or so I am given to understand, to classic ballet.)

Rule #2:-->The booming of drums in the background must be ominous, growing louder and louder. By this device an artistic effect is created, with a coordinated movement of heads in the audience, as all gazes are wistfully directed toward the escape exit.

Rule #3:-->There must always be a number of dancers languidly moving around in a way that is clearly unrelated to the guys who are doing the heavy lifting center stage – as if they had been pushed on stage by mistake and were wondering where to go next. This artistically causes much puzzlement in the audience, which creates a growing interest in the dance.

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